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Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art & Design

Qualification: 
Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma
Duration: 
1 year
Level: 
2
Curriculum Manager: 
Amanda Bollini

What is the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma?

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications that are designed to be work-focused.  They are designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work that appeal to you.  The assessment for the qualifications is task-based, so you won’t need to take exams to achieve Cambridge Technical’s qualifications.

Is the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art & Design suitable for me?

Are you a creative, hands-on, energetic person, with an enquiring mind open to new challenges? Do you want to learn about key trends and movements in art & design, understand the work of top male & female textile artists and designers; explore graphic design and illustration products in the media?  Would you like to learn about photographic techniques to create experimental images and understand the work of professional photographers?  Do you like working on computers, with camera equipment and being part of a creative team? You will be expected to work more independently than you might have previously experienced and will build a different relationship with college teachers. The course does require a real commitment from you as you may be undertaking photo shoots and research into graphics and textiles outside of college hours and on location.

How will I learn?

All lessons will take place in the specialist Photographic and Art & Design teaching rooms, IT suite, darkroom and studios. Whilst many lessons will be practical you will also be studying and discussing the work of other artists, such as graphic designers, textile artists and photographers. You will work on a series of units each lasting from 5 to 6 weeks and each introducing you to new processes and different topics. Sufficient basic and specialist equipment is available for use during the course although you may find it advantageous to have access to a digital compact or SLR camera, in order to expand learning and to pursue work outside College.

You will be taught in the College’s photographic department and the Michael Gray Art and Music Centre by enthusiastic and experienced staff.  You will be covering units such as:

  • Exploring the work of artists and designers
  • Exploring self-image
  • Exploring photography
  • Exploring graphic design and illustration
  • Exploring fashion and textiles
  • Producing art or design work for sale

How will I be assessed?

You will study a total of six units during this one year course, all of which are assessed by coursework.  This qualification is internally assessed and externally moderated by OCR Visiting Moderators.

This qualification is graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*

You will be given the opportunity to access the full range of grades.  The pass assessment criteria in each unit indicate the level required to achieve the unit at a pass grade. Within each unit there are opportunities to achieve merit or distinction grades.  You will have safe and equal opportunities to generate evidence.  You will gather evidence to show how you have met the assessment criteria for the units.

Progression

What progression opportunities do Cambridge Technicals provide?

The great thing about Cambridge Technicals is that they still give you a choice of opportunities once you have completed them. The choices open to you are:

  • Further education, such as a higher-level qualification at  Alton College
  • Employment & training, where you can put your new practical skills towards generating an income

Progression to further qualifications

After the course, if you have achieved a Merit or Distinction grade, you could have the opportunity to go on to study on the BTEC Level 3 Art & Design course, if you are considering entering the creative industries. Or you might go onto another suitable Level 3 course, tailored to your interests and career aspirations.

Progression to employment

This qualification is also designed to enable you to enter employment.  You would normally enter employment through a work-related training programme.  For example, after achieving an OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Art & Design you may:

  • enter employment
  • enter employment and undertake a related qualification at a level appropriate to the job role
  • enter employment and undertake other related occupational qualifications.

Entry requirements

You would normally have achieved a Grade D profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 3 is equivalent to a Grade D. To study this subject you should have an interest in creative subjects.

Course costs

As well as providing your own pens, pencils, sketchbooks, memory cards, portable storage devices or USB stick etc, you will need to consider borrowing or purchasing a digital camera and fabrics may need to be purchased for the textiles unit.  If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

 

BTEC Extended Certificate in Graphic Design

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Amanda Bollini

What is the BTEC Extended Certificate in Graphic Design?

A BTEC Extended Certificate is a 2 year practical and creative vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC qualifications.

Graphic Design is an exciting industry that covers a wide spectrum of things; advertising, illustration, magazine design, web design, logos, branding, animation, TV title sequences, design for packaging. Things that you will already be aware of but possibly haven’t thought about how they were created. If you are interested in a creative and commercial career and are interested in the design world this could be the course for you.

Is the BTEC Extended Certificate in Graphic Design suitable for me?

You may already be thinking of a career based in Illustration, Animation or Graphic design. The course will help you develop the basic skills needed to follow a career in the industry and introduce you to a creative, inspiring and professional approach to design, in specialist, well equipped Art and Design studios. Students are required to have plenty of enthusiasm, sound drawing ability, an interest in commercial design, and (very important!) great ideas.

You will have the opportunity to investigate a range of new techniques and media alongside developing your existing skills. The use of traditional approaches such as drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D work is complemented by the opportunity to integrate photography, film, CAD and image manipulation software. Many students combine traditional and new approaches to create inventive mixed media work.

How will I learn?

You will be taught in the College’s Michael Gray Art and Music Centre by enthusiastic and experienced staff. Students are encouraged to confidently create independent project work that will begin by building on your practical skills and exploring ideas and techniques before going on to incorporate this experimental work into considered design solutions.

The course will consist of workshop sessions (where new techniques/approaches will be taught), 1:1 guidance with staff, and lectures/discussions where we will analyse our own work and the work of established artists and designers. Students are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest developments and trends in art and design.

You will attend 4.5 hours of classes a week and expected to carry out an equal amount of private study per week.

You will study six units over two years covering a range of design related subjects, including graphics, illustration, CAD (computer aided design), typography, photography and animation, as well as exploring the work of past and present designers, illustrators and artists. Challenging project work will enable you to develop your creative and technical skills in both traditional and electronic media.

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC Extended Certificate is 100% coursework assessed and may include portfolio work - there are no exams. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the board. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback will help you to see the strengths of your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, carries a maximum of 28 UCAS points.

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Extended Certificate.

We are aware that Edexcel is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Progression

Some students will go on to follow careers in Art and Design, after studying a BA hons degree (normally this would be via a one year full time Foundation Diploma course) but for others it is just an opportunity to gain a good grade in a subject they enjoy!

The BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS Level and carries a maximum of 28 UCAS points. 

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. 

BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Amanda Bollini

What is the BTEC Extended Diploma Art and Design?

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design is an exciting and highly practical 2 year course ideal for students aiming to progress towards Higher Education and careers in art and design. For the strong student the course effectively fast tracks you to degree level study, avoiding the need for an additional Art Foundation year.

You will be taught by a range of experienced tutors, developing your skills in drawing, computer aided design and art/design theory alongside sustained project work. During the first year of the course projects will address a diverse range of Art and Design pathways such as Graphic Design, Fine Art, Fashion, Textile and Surface Design, 3D Design and Photography; in year 2 you will have the opportunity to specialise in one of these disciplines.

As the course progresses your tutors will help you compile a portfolio for application to specialist degrees in Art and Design. The course concludes with a final major project in which you will have the freedom to explore your own creative interests in depth.

Throughout the course there are opportunities to enhance your understanding by visiting London galleries. In the second year you will have the chance to visit a major cultural venue abroad, destinations in recent years have included Florence, Venice, San Francisco, New York and Beijing.

To succeed on this course you will need a genuine interest and commitment to Art and Design along with enthusiasm and an open mind.

Is the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design suitable for me?

The Art Department enjoys a relaxed and purposeful atmosphere which encourages you to develop greater freedom of expression, whilst well structured projects allow you to experiment with a wide range of techniques and materials. The resources (such as the computer suite with specialist software) and workspaces are accessible both in and outside of lessons. Choosing a specialist Art and Design course means you can be ambitious and adventurous and really extend your creative skills.

Present students highlighted helpful and clear teaching a strength of the course, and particularly valued the comprehensive support and advice offered when selecting further courses and careers.
Making the adjustment to a focused, specialist Art and Design course can be difficult, some students find attaining the quality and quantity of work expected a challenge. This course requires enthusiasm and ideas, solid drawing ability and an interest in extending your knowledge of artists and designers are also required. To succeed you need to be good at working independently, managing your time and meeting deadlines.

How will I learn?

You will be taught in the Michael Gray Art and Music Centre by a team of enthusiastic and experienced tutors, many of whom are practising artists or designers.

Your week will consist of a mixture of project-based study (where staff offer 1:1 guidance), workshop sessions (where new techniques/approaches will be taught), and lectures/discussions where we will analyse our own work and the work of established artists and designers.

You will be encouraged to keep abreast of current developments in art and design. The department’s regular visits to art galleries and exhibitions will help you to achieve this.

You will be expected to extend your learning by completing at least 15 hours a week of independent study/homework.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a total of 18 units during the two years of the course. All of the units are assessed by coursework – and this may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects, and staff observations. None of the units require you to sit a formal examination.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) grade. As this qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade consisting of three grades – such as PPP, MMP, or D*DD.
 
We are aware that Edexcel is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Progression

Typically the majority of BTEC Extended Diploma Art students go on to higher education in a diverse range of areas of art and design such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, illustration, photography, fashion design, textile/surface design, ceramics, interior design, jewellery, furniture design, industrial design, animation and film/video. Over the past few years our students have successfully obtained places on some of the most prestigious art courses in the country. Alternatively you may choose to go directly into employment.

Read all about some of the progression routes from Art and Design courses.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. In addition you will need to have achieved a grade B in a creative GCSE.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where appropriate).

Essential: £40 for a box of art materials (this is a comprehensive set of materials which is available through the College at a substantially discounted rate). £50 for replenishing materials.

Optional: Additional money for trips and specialist materials.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Art and Design

Qualification: 
A Level
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Amanda Bollini

What is A Level Art and Design?

In our daily lives we come into contact with a multitude of items that are the work of artists and designers; clothing, magazines, furniture, websites, cars, shops; you only have to think of television programmes such as ‘Gok’s Fashion Fix’ and ‘Grand Designs’ to realise the importance we give to good design. The visual arts can cover a multitude of possibilities in two and three dimensions from drawing, painting and sculpture through to commercial applications in graphics, fashion, film, industrial and interior design.

If you are interested in any form of art and design and wish to develop your skills through practical, hands-on experience, then this course could be for you. Many of our students go on to follow careers in art and design but for others it is just an opportunity to gain a good  A Level grade in a subject they enjoy!

Is Art and Design suitable for me?

This course requires enthusiasm and ideas, solid drawing ability and an interest in extending your knowledge of artists and designers are also helpful. To succeed you need to be good at working independently, managing your time and meeting deadlines.

You will have the opportunity to investigate a range of new techniques and media alongside developing your existing skills. The course allows you to explore your ideas through fine art, graphic and three dimensional work. The use of traditional approaches such as drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture is complemented by the opportunity to integrate photography, film and image manipulation software. Many students combine traditional and new approaches to create inventive mixed media work.

Whatever your interest all students enjoy the personal project work in specialist, well equipped Art and Design studios.

How will I learn?

You will be taught in the College’s Michael Gray Art and Music Centre by enthusiastic and experienced staff. The first eight weeks of the AS course are dedicated to drawing, printmaking and painting, building your practical skills to help you tackle independent project work more confidently. After the induction period you will develop a more personal body of work that will form the basis of your coursework submission, you will be encouraged to resolve this project in an ambitious final piece in the second term. The first year concludes with a second independent project leading to an examination.

We complement your studio work by regularly organising visits to art galleries and exhibitions and each February we take a party of art students to a cultural centre overseas. In recent years we have visited New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Istanbul, Vienna and Budapest.

4 to 5 hours private study per week is expected.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework: 50%; Exam - 50%.

Component 1: Personal Investigation (50%)

Part 1 – practical work:  From personal starting points students submit: supporting studies and practical outcome(s).

Part 2 – personal study:  Students submit a piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment with 15 hour controlled test (50%)

Each unit will include development studies and research in a work journal or sketchbook together with finished pieces of work.

Progression

Whilst many students go on to follow Art and Design courses in higher education, this course is by no means only for future Artists and Designers. A Level Art and Design is accepted by all universities for almost all courses. It offers a broad and valuable education developing aesthetic awareness and judgement together with creative thinking.

There are a wide range of creative degrees available, in subjects as diverse as animation, graphic design, illustration, fashion and textiles, furniture, jewellery and many more! Most students wishing to pursue a degree in Art and Design will initially choose a place on a one year Art Foundation course. Successful Alton College A level art students have the opportunity to stay on to complete an art foundation course here.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

We will normally expect you to have achieved a grade C in GCSE Art, although in exceptional circumstances we do consider students without an Art qualification.

Course costs

Essential: £30 for sketchbooks and materials.

Optional:   £50 for trips and additional materials.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Course Code

Edexcel 9AD0

 

 

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